Skip to comments.The John Galt Effect
Posted on 02/27/2009 6:24:36 AM PST by AZLiberty
Atlas Shrugged Resources:
• Book Chapter Summaries:
• An Audio Study of John Galt’s Speech:
• The Book and its Ideas:
BEST DECISION I EVER MAKE! I traded the time I spent earning enough to buy things I found I really didn't need and pay taxes for “services” I neither used or wanted, for time to do things that were in my and my family's best interests.
I took the time to improve my health. I spent more time with my loved ones. I explored new areas of knowledge and to develop new skills. I did more volunteer work in areas important to both me and the community I live in.
The way I see it, time is the most important resource we have, and it is extremely limited. We use time, as well as our abilities, knowledge, skills and attitudes, to create economic value. We trade this with others for the value we want that they produce. When someone takes my value without my consent, and gives me little or nothing in return, it is theft.
I don't like thieves. They will get as little from me as humanly possible. Raise my taxes, take away my freedoms - I'll shrug even more. Dirty little secret that the parasites don't want you to know is they can't do jack with productive folks generating value to loot.
I don't confuse “shruggin” with “slacking”. I keep up with the advances and changes in my profession, and I am more than willing - eager! - to return to adding value for others, making money, growing a business when being productive is once again rewarded.
Up against the wall, redneck shrugger!
BTW, a fun little game you can play at home is to keep track of how many dollars your “shuggin” prevents the looters from getting their hands on. Make sure you consider the effects of your financial decisions (for example, taxfree versus taxable bonds) and the reasonable “opportunity costs” of not pursuing opportunities you would have pursued had not the looters/moochers got in your way.
Conservatively speaking, my “Shrug-Score” is approximately 1.0 to 1.5 million since 2003.
I didn’t care for Fountainhead and AS is too long by half, but still a good read.
"You can't have a free market without competition. Therefore, men must be forced to compete. Therefore, freedom is only possible through regulation." I'm paraphrasing an argument somebody made in the last chapter. Rand had a really wicked ear for collectivist garbage. We have the advantage today of not having to make that stuff up - we can hear it in the media every day.
Shrugging in a nutshell.
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“That is with the hope that there will still be elections in 2012...”
With this crop of adolescent psychotics, that is a definite possibility.
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Reprising this thread:
Boycott Liberal Stores and Businesses
(***starting place ... add more when you find them***)
Quit giving Socialist’s your hard earned money.
BLUEST liberal COMPANIES
Aloha Air Group, Inc. 100%
American Apparel, LLC 100%
Barnes & Noble, Inc. 100%
Diamond Resorts International 100%
Foot Locker, Inc 100%
Frederick’s of Hollywood, Inc. 100%
Google Inc. 100%
Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. 100%
Loews Hotels Holding Corporation 100%
Myriad Restaurant Group, Inc. 100%
Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation 100%
Powell’s Books, Inc. 100%
Progressive Corporation 100%
Progressive Insurance 100%
Ben & Jerry’s 100%
Recreational Equipment, Inc. 100%
Sonic Corp. 100%
Tom’s Toothpaste 100%
SPS Studios, Inc. 100%
Starbucks Corporation 100%
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. 100%
Working Assets Funding Service, Inc. 100%
Apple Computer, Inc. 99%
Costco Wholesale Corporation 99%
Amerada Hess Corporation 98%
Bed, Bath & Beyond Inc 97%
L.L. Bean, Inc. 97%
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts 93%
Sharper Image Corporation 93%
Signet Group plc 93%
E. & J. Gallo Winery 92%
Hilton Hotels Corporation 84%
Crate and Barrel (Euromarket Designs Inc.) 83%
Estee Lauder Companies Inc. 80%, The Gap Inc. 77%
JetBlue Airways Corporation 75%
Netflix, Inc 72%
The Robert Mondavi Corporation 62%
Triarc Companies, Inc. 59%
Brown-Forman Corporation 57%
eBay Inc. 57%
Sun Microsystems, Inc. 57%
VF Corporation 57%
Foster’s Group Limited 53%
CVS Corporation 51%
UAL Corporation 51%
More: (unknown %)
Poinsettia company in San Diego (supports Planned Parenthood big time)
Advertisers on MSNBC, NBC
Penn Brewery and Great Lakes Brewing Co.
“I think a more effective strategy is to put greedy Americans on a severe diet. Starve the beast, as one FReeper aptly put it. Every time you walk into a store of any kind, whether its a clothing store, bookstore, deli, whatever, ask yourself, how do I think this person voted?
It will be easier to answer with some people than others, especially depending on where you live. Where I live, I think I can approach 99% certainty in a LOT of cases. Then, ask yourself, is there any way, ANY WAY AT ALL, that I can avoid supporting this persons paycheck? Is there any way I can compensate for the $500 Obama Check(tm) that this person will steal from my wages? Use your imagination Im sure you can.
1. KEEP your old car. Detroit unions share a LOT of blame for MI going Dem year after year. If youre a fan of American cars as I am, fine, but KEEP YOUR RIDE. Its cheaper to keep it running than to buy new, and youre starving the beast in the process. If the industry crashes, perhaps youll be doing MI a favor in the very long run when they wont be beholden to those unions.
2. NEVER buy movies buy a Hauppauge capture card and a $50 DVD burner. Buy Sage TV for DVR software. Youll have hundreds of dollars in a short while and NOT ONE CENT will go to Hollywood. I made that decision years ago.
3. Dont eat out, cook instead, even if its from the frozen food section. How did those restaurant workers vote? Ill bet I can guess with surprising accuracy.
4. Needle and thread isnt for wusses. Its just a wrench for your clothes. The right tool for the right job, as our fathers and grandfathers used to scream at us. Save your dollars.
5. Did I make interest work for me today? Write it on an index card NOW. I literally just did that and I have it on my TV as a constant reminder. Dont spend your hard-EARNED EARNED!!! dollars on greedy losers who want to steal from you. Make your money work for you, not them.
Email and share. Append your ideas as you can. Please. Its time to hang together.”
I know two of them, and I’m not talking of me. Two good men who withdrew from their very productive public lives to pursue low pressure low productivity lifestyles instead.
I know there are many others.
Thank you for that list!
Many Conservatives are doing the same.
I am done. Told the company president two days ago that I will take half my regular base salary and back off to 45 to 50 hours a week. No more huge bonus. Told him maybe we can work out some other payback down the road, but I am not going to support this madness brought on by the communist in the White House.
Not to toot my own horn, but I said this on Nov 5, 2008:"Now we're all gonna play Atlas Shrugged !"
You, in particular, are in his crosshairs. He wants you to think of others and share with his lazy assed brothers, sisters, and for balance, whitetrash who are unable or unwilling to fend for themselves.